Herb Silverman


Herb Silverman is founder and President of the Secular Coalition for America, author of “Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt,” and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Charleston.

Stories by Herb Silverman

A fundamental human right

2011 began with some bleak news for Muslim-Christian relations around the world.Recent attacks against churches in Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt … Continued

Non-theists in the city: Gray off on the wrong foot

An inauguration is a traditional ceremony to mark the beginning of a newly elected leader’s term. Such festivities send symbolic … Continued

No good choices

As voted by the Religion Newswriters Association’s members, among the year’s most consequential religion newsmakers were Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, … Continued

Reasons for the season

“Keep Christ in Christmas!” is the familiar refrain of Christians who fear the secularization of the holy day celebrating the … Continued

Charity doesn’t require religion

A deal President Obama struck with Republican leaders last week will extend tax cuts across the board including, controversially, to … Continued

Find Meaning in Marriage without Religion

Marriage is only religious if you want it to be. As a Humanist Celebrant, I’ve performed 12 non-religious weddings.

Exceptional arrogance

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

A secular Thanksgiving

In October 1789, President George Washington declared his support for a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed … Continued

Prostitutes and pedophiles

In an interview with journalist Peter Seewald, Pope Benedict XVI said that condom use may be acceptable under “exceptional circumstances” … Continued

Gay and straight–a black and white issue

Despite public and military support for overturning Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the legislation which bans openly gay service members, political, … Continued

Do the right thing

President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The president chose not … Continued

Political popery a bad idea

Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke both recently characterized voting as a moral act with spiritual consequences. The … Continued

Faith in reason

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

The public’s business

In recent debates between tea party endorsed Senate candidates and their Democratic opponents, faith has emerged as a campaign issue. … Continued

First century beliefs for a twenty-first century world

Speaking to a meeting of Hasidic Jewish leaders on Sunday, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, “I don’t … Continued

My plan is God’s plan

Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told the Christian Broadcasting Network last week that that she believes it was God … Continued

Ignorance and faith

In a Pew Forum survey released Tuesday, atheists and agnostic surpass all other groups in their knowledge of religion. How … Continued

Herb tea party

Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell this weekend attended the annual conservative Values Voters summit in Washington, DC. There, she … Continued

War’s peace

Mideast peace talks resume this week, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveling to Egypt and Israel for negotiations between … Continued

Hawking and the pope

New theories make a creator of the universe unnecessary, says Stephen Hawking in his latest book The Grand Design, co-authored … Continued